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Lanka chasing dream of maiden U19 World Cup win

Sri Lanka under 19 captain Nipun  Dananjaya
Sri Lanka under 19 captain Nipun Dananjaya

Sri Lanka’s U-19 skipper Nipun Dananjaya leading his unit in to what would be his and some others farewell, crack at the U-19 World Cup, possess the potential to conclude it with a cream on the cake, after the boon and a boost of winning the Tri-Series at the Caribbean, late last year.

In a quest of their maiden title, the skipper felt, the consequential part was to be patient in the middle in handling the situations.

“Batting partnerships along with the bowling part. In the bowling part, some are wicket-taking bowlers, some are holding job bowlers. I have always told, we need to know our strength and limit others. We need to play to our strong zone, that would be our main target,” he said, at the pre-World Cup presser at the Sinhalese Sports Club on Thursday.

After failing to convert the Asia Cup, here at home, they turned tables winning the Tri-Series against West Indies and England getting the best possible start.

“No more pressure in our boys’ head. I think, all confidence levels are same. I think, this is the World Cup, we can chase our dream,” he said, when asked whether the champions tag gave pressure or confidence.

Dananjaya, goes in to his second World Cup that too, as the leader of the pack for the first-time, having featured in the last edition, though, he did not play in the tournament.

“I’m very happy about that, as a captain. Leading Sri Lanka U-19 is a happy and a proud moment,” he said.

When asked about whether they will better their best show, as runners-up way back in 2000 against the mighty Indians, Dananjaya without a shred of doubt sounded hundred-percent confident and all-systems ready for the battle in converting the cup that counts.

“Actually, our boys are very confident after the West Indies tour. We had so many practice sessions and matches. As a captain, I’m very happy about the team and the confidence level. Looking forward for the World Cup. This is the opportunity we needed to create. We have so many plans, goals and opinions, so it’s like chasing a dream. This is the last opportunity, some players have,” the southpaw captain explained.

“We had to practice for the South African pitches, so we had many practice net sessions and in the middle. That was the main part.”

Team’s analyst Vidu Bala also backed the captain for the batsman he is as he plays proper text book strokes.

“If you take others; they tend to hit out and get out. Whereas, Dananjaya is a batsman, armed with proper text book drives,” Bala said.

The Lankan lads will have two practice matches against Pakistan and host South Africa, before the 13th edition gets up-and-running on January 17.

Dananjaya and Co.’s., opening match on 19 itself will be daunting and a test of skill, against the imposing Indians.

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